Government fears Troika will gun for Croke Park – National News – Independent.ie
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Troika will warn that “Croke Park is not working” when they conclude their eighth review of the bailout agreement, scheduled to begin next week.
Such is the level of unhappiness within the Troika over the chaotic state of the Department’s finances that speculation was rife at the heart of Government that Minister for Health James Reilly would be personally cross-examined by the Troika.
Such a development would represent the first time a front-line minister from the three big spending ministries of Social Protection, Education and Health would directly meet the Troika.
Though a spokesperson from the Department of Health said they were “not aware” of any such meeting, the Sunday Independent was told by senior figures close to Government that the Troika has become unhappy over the “peculiar” Irish situation where they only meet Ministers Howlin or Noonan, while other ministers are “corralled” away from the grouping.
In other bailout countries, the Troika meets ministers from all departments, but, in what was described by one source as “another example of the micro-management where Gilmore, Kenny, Noonan, Howlin and their Economic Management Council have to control everything” there has been “deliberate civil service and political resistance over letting Reilly, Quinn and Burton near the troika”.
However senior political sources told the Sunday Independent that the Troika has become increasingly impatient with the scenario where instead “of meeting ministers, they are being fobbed off by Father Sean [Healy] Richard Boyd Barrett , Sinn Fein and various others.”
One senior source claimed the Troika has been “spooked by Reilly. They’re starting to believe they are being given the run-around.
“Reilly is the sacrificial lamb, the boldest boy in class but they’re equally concerned at the hollowness in the centre of Government, a perceived lack of leadership.”
The Sunday Independent has also learnt that within the Government “from the Taoiseach down there is more nervousness about this Troika visit than any other one”
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Posted on October 14, 2012, in Government, Health, IMF/ECB and tagged Brendan Howlin, Croke Park, Department of Health, James Reilly, Michael Noonan, Richard Boyd Barrett, Social Protection, Sunday Independent, Troika. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.